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About Akwi Nji

Akwi Nji is a U.S-based interdisciplinary artist and communications strategist creating in words, voice, and visual art. Her work has appeared in a variety of forms from California's wine country to New York's fashion week. Her collaborative partners include Emmy award-winning composers and nationally-renowned choreographers.


Her professional background is in PK-12 education, communication strategy, brand storytelling, marketing, and arts administration. Over the course of more than 20 years, Akwi has developed a professional career that harnesses the power of creativity and strategy to inspire and empower others to achieve their goals. 


Her integration of the arts and corporate communication results in a wide variety of projects and products, some of which live in the traditional world of art and others in the world of “corporate” marketing, public relations, and communications.


This is her artist page. She is also the founding CEO of Powerful Over Pretty, a niche branding and marketing company specializing in K12 communication and branding strategy. The branding projects Akwi has spearheaded over the years have earned more than 30 national awards. She takes pride in her company creating content that's not just "pretty" but that cuts through the static and is goal-smashing powerful. 


VISUAL ART: Her recent solo exhibitions include Enuf and The Remoir Project: Bodies of Work. In addition to several solo and group exhibitions in recent years, her work has been added to private collections including that of world-renowned Simon Estes. She creates multimedia assemblages as well as paintings, all with an interest in exploring themes of human connection, our relationship to each other, and the earth as a spiritual home.


WRITING: While maintaining a robust professional career as a visual artist, Akwi is also a writer. Her forthcoming book, Under These Here Stars, is the winner of the Iowa Book Prize and will be released in April 2024.

SPEAKING: Akwi is a sought-after keynote speaker due to her unique position at the intersection of communication strategy and arts + culture. She takes pride in transforming an everyday event into an unforgettable experience. One recent audience member at a national conference said, "I just wanted to write to make sure you know that you blew everyone away yesterday. Excellent presentation, and excellent work overall. Thank you!"


Akwi travels the country to deliver empowering and inspiring keynotes to a variety of audiences. Connect with Akwi to learn more and discuss the possibilities.


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